The 2023-24 Saltwater boys’ lacrosse team coached by Tom Incontrera went 4-0 over two days July 8-9 at the 2020 NXT Delaware Invitational held at the DE Turf Complex in Frederica.
The squad beat First State Lacrosse 13-1, Fusion Lacrosse from Central Pennsylvania 8-2, Top Caliber of Virginia 9-7 and Black Bear from Pennsylvania 9-2.
“We try to rotate everyone in the games as this is a showcase team, and it's not as much about winning and losing as it is getting in front of college coaches and performing,” Incontrera said. “Winning tends to be the byproduct when all goes well. I do not personally keep stats, that is up to the parents, and the players certainly will be able to tell you their stats. They all try to get as much game film as they can in order to send college coaches their highlight films to get on their radar. Especially now. With everything going on, they need to find new ways to stand out and make an impact on coaches. Since many are not physically coming to the tournaments to recruit, they're watching the films tournaments send them. Winning is great and it's important, but we want to give the kids the best opportunity to get recruited to the schools they want to go to.”
Members of the Saltwater team are Jahden Cannon (Cape), Luke Burton (Cape), Austin Mecca (Parkside), Collin Truesdale (Caesar Rodney), Gannon Burris (Sussex Academy), Trevor March (Stephen Decatur), Julien March (SD), Mack Leonhartt (SA), Brexton Carter (Cape), C.J. Fritchman (Cape), Brody Smith (Cape), Anderson Smith (SA), Jake Wagner (Smyrna), Oscar Hageman (SA), Alex Hall (Caravel), Brandon Loper (Cape), Jack Gardner (Worcester Prep), Griffin Jones (Worcester Prep), Kai Ross (SD), Nolan Shearer (SD), Jack Huss (Cape) and Eddie Houck (Cape).
There were 12 teams playing on six fields with a common horn. Teams are slugged by year of graduation from 2021 through 2024. Games were four quarters of 12 minutes with a running clock.
Notes: Due to recently extended NCAA Division I recruiting dead period, Division I coaches will not be allowed on the sidelines at any recruiting event during the summer of 2021. NXT films all games in its tournament and makes them available to college coaches. The cost per team for entering the Delaware Invitational is $2,500. The average cost per player for being on a team is $1,000.